Lincoln's Loyalists: Union Soldiers from the Confederacy

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With this path-breaking book, Richard Nelson Current closes a major gap in our understanding of the important role of white southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The ranks of the Union forces swelled by more than 100,000 of these men known to their friends as "loyalists" and to their enemies as "tories." They substantially strengthened the Union, weakened the Confederacy, and affected the outcome of the Civil War. Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops ...
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With this path-breaking book, Richard Nelson Current closes a major gap in our understanding of the important role of white southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The ranks of the Union forces swelled by more than 100,000 of these men known to their friends as "loyalists" and to their enemies as "tories." They substantially strengthened the Union, weakened the Confederacy, and affected the outcome of the Civil War. Despite the assertions of southern governors that Lincoln would get no troops from the South to preserve the Union, every Confederate state except South Carolina provided at least a battalion of white troops for the Union Army. The role of black soldiers including those from the South continues to receive deserved attention. Curiously, little heed has been paid to the white southern supporters of the Union cause, and nothing has been published about the group as a whole. Relying almost entirely on primary sources, Current here opens the long-overdue investigation of these many Americans who, at great risk to themselves and their families, made a significant contribution to the Union's war effort. Current meticulously explores the history of the loyalists in each Confederate state during the war. Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia provided over 70 percent of the loyalist troops, but 10,000 from Arkansas, 7,000 from Louisiana, and thousands from North Carolina, Texas, and Alabama volunteered as well. The author weaves the separate state stories into an intriguing and detailed tapestry. The loyalists served in a variety of capacities--some performing mundane tasks, some fighting with valor. Whatever his individual role, each southerner joining the Union constituted a double loss to the Confederacy: a subtraction from its own ranks and an addition to the Union's. Undoubtedly, this played an important role in the Confederate defeat.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Nearly 100,000 men from Confederate states organized into battalions to fight with the armies of the North. These ``unknown soldiers of the Civil War'' represented 10% of the fighting force under Gen. Robert E. Lee's command, a significant loss to the strength of the South and an important resource for the North. They risked not only the dangers of war, but the certainty of being treated as deserters if taken prisoners. After the war their lives were endangered by the hostility of their embittered neighbors; some were beaten, ``hunted down like dogs'' or killed outright. There was little help from the North, struggling in the aftermath of Lincoln's death with the formidable problems of mending the nation. Although there is a considerable literature about the black soldiers who fought with the armies of the North, Current ( Those Terrible Carpetbaggers ) contends that little attention has been paid to these forgotten white Union loyalists. Drawing on overlooked sources, he provides an original and comprehensive, state-by-state account of their struggles and contributions. History Book Club alternate. (June)
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White Southerners from every state in the Confederacy except South Carolina served in the Union forces during the Civil War, but no historical account of their activities existed before this outstanding book. Lincoln's Loyalists examines why these soldiers fought for the Union, how they fared in battle, how other soldiers--in both armies--treated them, and what kind of conditions their families endured. Noted Civil War scholar Current Arguing with Historians , LJ 10/15/87 honors the dedication of Southerners who opposed the Confederacy and took a stand against secession. For all Civil War collections. History Book Club alternate.--W. Walter Wicker, Louisiana Tech Univ., Ruston
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Presents numerous algorithms in simple algebraic form so as to be easily translatable into a variety of computer languages; addresses updating as new information becomes available and explains how to test linear hypotheses. Filling a major gap in the understanding of the important role of white southerners who fought for the Union during the Civil War, Current explores the history of the loyalists (or were known to their enemies) in each Confederate state during the war, merging the separate state stories into a compelling whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555531249
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Richard Nelson Current is University Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. His books include Those Terrible Carpetbaggers, The Lincoln Nobody Knows, and Lincoln and the First Shot. In 1956 he won the Bancroft prize for Lincoln the President, co-authored with J.C. Randall.

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